THIS WEEK: Cholera hits Hoima, Kagadi
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | For two months now, cholera has hit residents of Hoima, Kagadi and Kyegegwa including the refugee settlements. Number of people affected with the disease in Hoima has reached 2000 and an estimated 40 kiled while Kyegegwa about 300 cases and 22 deaths have been reported.
In Kagadi, James Olowo, the district health officer told media that over 20 cases had been reported by early April at Kitebere landing site on the shores of Lake Albert but the number is expected to go up. Some of the samples have been taken to the Government Analytical Laboratory in Wandegeya, Kampala.
Symptoms of the disease include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and general body weaknesses. Reports indicate that a team from World Health Organisation based in Hoima has delivered emergency drugs in Kagadi, antibiotics, intravenous fluids and disinfectants.
Olowo revealed that the district had constituted a team comprising two senior clinical officers with vast experience in infection control ad management, district disease surveillance focal person, lab technicians and a Uganda Red Cross Society emergence response team.